You can also browse this source code online and clone the wasmtime repository to run the example locally.

This example shows off how to set up a module for dynamic runtime debugging via a native debugger like GDB or LLDB.


#include <stdio.h>
#include <stdlib.h>
#include <string.h>
#include <inttypes.h>
#include <wasm.h>
#include <wasmtime.h>

#define own

static void exit_with_error(const char *message, wasmtime_error_t *error, wasm_trap_t *trap);

int main(int argc, const char* argv[]) {
  // Configuring engine to support generating of DWARF info.
  // lldb can be used to attach to the program and observe
  // original fib-wasm.c source code and variables.
  wasm_config_t* config = wasm_config_new();
  wasmtime_config_debug_info_set(config, true);

  // Initialize.
  wasm_engine_t* engine = wasm_engine_new_with_config(config);
  wasmtime_store_t* store = wasmtime_store_new(engine, NULL, NULL);
  wasmtime_context_t* context = wasmtime_store_context(store);

  // Load binary.
  printf("Loading binary...\n");
  FILE* file = fopen("target/wasm32-unknown-unknown/debug/fib.wasm", "rb");
  if (!file) {
    printf("> Error opening module!\n");
    return 1;
  fseek(file, 0L, SEEK_END);
  size_t file_size = ftell(file);
  fseek(file, 0L, SEEK_SET);
  wasm_byte_vec_t binary;
  wasm_byte_vec_new_uninitialized(&binary, file_size);
  if (fread(, file_size, 1, file) != 1) {
    printf("> Error reading module!\n");
    return 1;

  // Compile.
  printf("Compiling module...\n");
  wasmtime_module_t *module = NULL;
  wasmtime_error_t* error = wasmtime_module_new(engine, (uint8_t*), binary.size, &module);
  if (!module)
    exit_with_error("failed to compile module", error, NULL);

  // Instantiate.
  printf("Instantiating module...\n");
  wasmtime_instance_t instance;
  wasm_trap_t *trap = NULL;
  error = wasmtime_instance_new(context, module, NULL, 0, &instance, &trap);
  if (error != NULL || trap != NULL)
    exit_with_error("failed to instantiate", error, trap);

  // Extract export.
  wasmtime_extern_t fib;
  bool ok = wasmtime_instance_export_get(context, &instance, "fib", 3, &fib);

  // Call.
  printf("Calling fib...\n");
  wasmtime_val_t params[1];
  params[0].kind = WASMTIME_I32;
  params[0].of.i32 = 6;
  wasmtime_val_t results[1];
  error = wasmtime_func_call(context, &fib.of.func, params, 1, results, 1, &trap);
  if (error != NULL || trap != NULL)
    exit_with_error("failed to call function", error, trap);

  assert(results[0].kind == WASMTIME_I32);
  printf("> fib(6) = %d\n", results[0].of.i32);

  // Shut down.
  printf("Shutting down...\n");

  // All done.
  return 0;

static void exit_with_error(const char *message, wasmtime_error_t *error, wasm_trap_t *trap) {
  fprintf(stderr, "error: %s\n", message);
  wasm_byte_vec_t error_message;
  if (error != NULL) {
    wasmtime_error_message(error, &error_message);
  } else {
    wasm_trap_message(trap, &error_message);
  fprintf(stderr, "%.*s\n", (int) error_message.size,;